Saturday, October 18, 2008

Restaurant review: Cafe Vignole

Cafe Vignole on Urbanspoon

This is my favorite new restaurant which just so happens to be around the corner.

Everything we've ordered from here has been awesome: pizza, halibut in lemon and caper sauce, spaghetti with meat sauce, crab ravioli with saffron sauce, ribs braised in olives and rosemary over polenta, an amazing portobello mushroom appetizer, caesar salad, black eye pea cake, flourless chocolate cake, bread pudding...

But wait, there's more. Not only is the food incredible, but the servings are huge at not unreasonable prices (most $10-$15). The owner Sandro and all of the employees are friendly and truly want to make sure you enjoy your meal. And they usually have live jazz on Fridays! It is THE quintessential neighborhood restaurant, just improbably located in the Rainier Beach neighborhood.

Ever since we moved here from Connecticut, we've searched for good pizza. Pagliacci, Stellar's, Piecora, even the hallowed Tutta Bella - they're all good in their own way. But Cafe Vignole's humble pie is anything but. It has soul. It's the best in all Seattle.

Check this place out before it gets discovered by national foodies and becomes full of itself. You'll love it, I promise.


  1. Have you tried Via Tribunali or Delancey for pizza? Just wondering how these compare.

  2. I have not, but have certainly heard good things about Via Tribunali. There's good pizza to be had in Seattle - unfortunately it's sadly lacking in the south end but the situation's improving. In fact, I don't believe Cafe Vignole even offers pizza anymore, due to Vince's spinoff, Pizza Pulcinella, opening up just down the street. Check out Seattle Met's pizza smackdown issue (April 2010) for other contenders.